Executive Ed.D. Program FAQ

  • What is the cost of the program?

    For the entering 2022 cohort, the full-time course registration cost for the Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education program is $11,325 per semester or approximately $1,125 per credit hour. 

    Furthermore, a mandatory program cost fee, not to exceed $1,200 per semester is required in addition to the $1,125 per semester credit hour. The $1,125 per credit hour charge is pending approval by the Office of the Provost.

  • How do you differentiate between a Ph.D. vs. an Ed.D. student?

    Please refer to this matrix that lists several key qualifiers for both Ph.D. and Ed.D. students. Please note these are only a starting point to distinguish candidates and are not mandatory.

    The Executive Ed.D. will develop the skills necessary for higher education professionals to lead change and build consensus in their organization and make policy. The Ph.D. program develops faculty and researchers who expand the body of knowledge from which the practitioner draws insights.

    You should choose the program that better meets your career aspirations. Students pursue the Executive Ed.D. because they aspire to higher levels of administrative authority and the Executive Ed.D. provides the skills to be a successful leader. Students pursue the Ph.D. because they aspire to join academia.

  • Will the program provide financial assistance, graduate assistantships, or scholarships to students?

    Students in the Executive Ed.D. are eligible only for Federal guaranteed loans and some private-sector loans. Please refer to the Office of Student Financial Services for more details.

  • What is the billing process like for the Executive Ed.D. program?

    Registration, billing, and payment will conform to published university deadlines and follow official university procedures.

    One hundred percent of the amount due is required by the official semester payment deadline.

    All registered courses will be canceled through the automated process if payment is not made by the published deadline.

  • Can the Hinson-Hazlewood Act Exemptions be used for the Executive Ed.D. program?

    Students in Option III, which includes the Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education, programs are not eligible for Hinson-Hazlewood Act Exemptions (for Texas ex-servicemen and their children) but may be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Direct questions to Priscilla White, Assistant Registrar, (512) 475-7638.

  • What does Option III mean?

    Option III is a category of degree program for the Executive Ed.D. This type of program is a non-formula funded program. Please refer to this PDF on the Graduate School's website for more details.

  • Can you transfer hours into the Executive Ed.D. program?

    The Executive Ed.D. program adheres to the Graduate School transfer credit policy. Please refer to the transfer credit policy.

  • How is enrollment certified?

    Enrollment certification is verified by the Office of the Registrar and is determined by the number of hours for which a student is registered. Enrollment data will be obtained from official university records.

  • What happens if you withdrawal and / or drop courses?

    Refunds will be calculated according to standard university policies and procedures. Refunds for student withdrawal and dropped courses will be sent to the appropriate Option III program

  • Does the department only have one Ed.D. degree?

    No. In addition to the revamped Executive Ed.D.in Higher Education Leadership, we offer an Ed.D. for those interested in becoming a superintendent. Please see our Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) page for more information.

  • What characteristics should a prototypical applicant demonstrate?

    The program serves students who:

    • Are employed full-time with the ability to be a full-time student in order to participate and complete our 30-month program,
    • Have five to eight years of leadership working experience,
    • Have support and endorsement from their supervisors,
    • Have well-articulated career aspirations,
    • Have a strong commitment to social justice, inclusion, and equity, and the ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
    Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
  • Could I move from the Ed.D. program to the Ph.D. or vice versa?

    We prefer and encourage doctoral students to thoughtfully commit to their admitted program of choice. Ultimately the decision rests on the student and the recommendation of their advisor.

  • Can a student who was not accepted to the Ph.D. program opt into the Ed.D. program?

    No. The application processes and requirements are separate and distinct.

  • Will the research methods courses be as rigorous as those required for the Ph.D.?

    Our students, faculty, and curriculum will be practitioner-based with a focus on problem solving. Students will need a rigorous foundation of research knowledge and skills as they must still have the capacity and skill to be analytical and ask the right questions. The profession requires solid investigative, exploratory, and analytical skills.

    Our students will demonstrate an active practitioner-based scholarly and research agenda throughout the program. This will be evident in substantive classroom participation, analytical written papers, and with their participation on research teams, conference presentations, and scholarly activities.

  • Who teaches courses and advises students?

    Our renowned faculty design and provide primary instruction and advising. We also have guest scholars provide instruction. Our guest scholars have many years of experience leading and holding prominent roles at institutions of higher education.

  • Is this Ed.D. degree a repackage of older community college and four4-year university leadership degrees?

    The Executive Ed.D.in Higher Education Leadership is a program for working professionals. This Executive Ed.D. degree accentuates sophisticated management skills where students are prepared for higher education leadership positions. The 30-month curriculum connects theoretical foundations to new knowledge in real-world situations. Students are prepared to achieve success in a wide variety of higher education institutions.

  • How much of the coursework will be online?

    Given the COVD19 pandemic, we are following university safety guidelines and local requirements for our students and faculty.  The safety of all our communities is essential and at the forefront of each and every discussion we have. Following the directives of UT Austin leadership, who are guided by local and national health authorities, the Executive Ed.D. program is to scheduled to return to in-person instruction with the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. As health and safety guidance changes rapidly please understand that the program may be required to pivot our planned instruction to online if so directed. Please check the UT Austin COVID Information website or directly with the program directors for the latest information.

  • How important is my employer’s support?

    As an Executive Ed.D. student, your employer’s support is important. One of your recommendation letters must be a letter of support from your current employer. Ideally, the person you select should be a direct supervisor or from your leadership team who acknowledges, in writing, the time, energy, and discipline it will take to complete an executive program in 30 months.

    Upon acceptance into the program, the department will provide you with a letter to present to your employer for signature and acknowledgment of their commitment to you as an Executive Ed.D. student and to your professional goals.

Please see the department's FAQ page for additional information.